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Musical Healing


Throughout history, musicians, music educators, psychologists, scientists, philosophers, researchers, and others from various disciplines have attempted to define ‘sound’ and ‘music’. However, it seems to be difficult to achieve one agreement on this topic since it can be interpreted in various ways, depending upon ‘who defines it’ and ‘the purpose of doing it’. My intention in raising these introductory questions is not to argue for one definition of sound and music, but to introduce various perspectives of them. More importantly. I would like to discuss how music therapists perceive this matter in a music therapy context. A music therapist uses music as the primary modality for therapy; therefore, it is very important to be aware of one’s personal view of sound and music. His, or her, vision of music affects the music therapy sessions both consciously and unconsciously. Moreover, the therapist’s worldview will affect the direction of the therapy, the way in which the therapy session is conducted, and the therapist’s interpretation of the client’s music.

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